Karachi: 4 get life term in kidnapping case
KARACHI: The Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) I headed by Judge Hasan Shah Bokhari on Saturday awarded life imprisonment sentences to four criminals charged with kidnapping a minor for ransom, after allegations were proved against them. The accused Kamal Shah, Hazrat Syed, Ali Matiullah and Muhammad Rawan Khan were charged and tried before the ATC for kidnapping four-year-old Usman, son of Rozi Khan from Baloch Goth, Orangi Town on February 20t 2008 at 2:00 pm.
The accused, after kidnapping the minor, demanded a ransom of Rs 5 million but later agreed to free the child after payment of Rs 0.2 million. The kidnappers directed the child’s guardian to leave the ransom money in a dustbin at Nishtar Road. They freed the child two hours later near the Metro Cinema in Orangi Town on March 3, 2008. The kidnappers were arrested on October 3, 2008. The charge was placed against them on October 23, 2008 after which they were tried and pronounced guilty on Saturday by the ATC-I. The court ordered them to undergo rigorous imprisonment for life.
The court also ordered for the confiscation of immoveable properties equivalent to the amount of ransom received by the criminals. Except for Rawan Khan, three of the four criminals were also convicted and sentenced under section 13-D of the Arms Ordinance to undergo RI for two years and fined with Rs 5,000 each and in case of default, they serve an additional six months in jail.
Arshad Pappu, others indicted: Additional District and Sessions Judge South Abrar Hussain F Memon formally indicted Arsahd Pappu, his two brothers and four gang members on Friday. Pappu was one of the main characters in an ongoing war in Lyari town.
The accused denied the charges and asked for a trial after which the court ordered the district prosecutor to produce evidence against him and the other gang members. Pappu, Yasir Arafat and Qurban were booked by the Kalakot PS in FIR 279/2005 and charged with attacking the police with the intention to kill, obstruct police officials from performance of official duty and other offences. The accused are being tried inside the Central Prison Karachi due to security reasons.